Collaboration in zika research

Through a Fulbright program, 3 American specialists will collaborate with the Health Ministry and other Argentine government institutions on zika virus research and the dissemination of research findings.

Dr. Anna Stewart Ibarra, faculty at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, is currently collaborating with Dr. Elizabet Estallo, CONICET investigator at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, to understand the risk factors for Zika epidemics in the city of Cordoba.

Dengue fever epidemics have become more frequent in the last decade in Cordoba, which suggests that the risk of Zika fever has increased, since the virus is transmitted by the same mosquito vector. The investigators participated in a community meeting, with local leaders, public health care providers, architects, and social scientists to understand the challenges faced by communities in the urban periphery.

The other two specialists will be arriving in Argentina in May and August, and will stay for 8-10 weeks.